The Bucks of Tecomate expands viewers’ perspectives about what is possible through serious, practical wildlife management and helps viewers realize their deer hunting dreams where they both live and hunt. Centered on the revolutionary Tecomate Food Plot and Management Strategy, the show wraps this paradigm-shifting management information in a fast-paced, entertaining format. Featuring the world’s foremost whitetail experts in both herd and land management in David Morris and Dr. Gary Schwarz, and former NFL wide receiver and hunting enthusiast Jordan Shipley as well as his wife Sunny. Above all, The Bucks of Tecomate captures the appreciation and sense of stewardship, true sportsmen and managers have for the land and its wildlife.
David Morris grew up hunting and fishing in south Alabama. His love for the outdoors led him to get a master’s degree in biology from Auburn University. In 1976, David and his partners founded Game & Fish Publications and ultimately grew the company to include 33 state and regional hunting and fishing magazines covering all lower 48 states. In 2000, David joined forces with food plot pioneer, Dr. Gary Schwarz, to form Tecomate Wildlife Systems, as well as The Bucks of Tecomate, which were forced into existence by the big bucks Gary and David were growing. Tecomate has grown to be one of the nation’s largest suppliers of wildlife management services and products.
Convinced he could use the farming knowledge he learned from his father and the research knowledge he learned in school to grow bigger deer on his property, Gary began to seek out the right forages and develop predictable dryland farming techniques in 1983 on the Tecomate Ranch. By 1989, he had perfected farming methods, discovered lablab and other new subtropical legumes and invented the reversible game-proof fence for food plots, opening the way for revolutionary food plot management for deer even in arid South Texas. The results were spectacular! The unbelievable explosion in deer numbers, size (both antler size and body weights) and reproductive rates had never reported before, leading to the founding of Tecomate Seed Company and The Bucks of Tecomate.
Jordan is a former Texas Longhorn two-time all-American wide receiver and third-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals. He was a Biletnikoff Award (given to the best receiver in college football) runner-up in 2009 while setting most of the single-season and many of the single-game and career receiving records at the University of Texas. Now co-hosting The Bucks of Tecomate TV show on Sportsman Channel, Jordan has always considered himself to be a hunter and fisherman first and an athlete second, so his new role comes naturally. He’s an avid hunter and tournament bass fisherman and enjoys nearly all outdoor pursuits with his wife, Sunny.